Details of Annual Conference Confirmed

Sara Lloyd Evans

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The North Wales Safeguarding Children’s Board annual conference will this year concentrate on Child Sex Exploitation.  The conference takes place at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on 15th October 2015 from 9:30-1:30. Registration will be from 9:00 onwards.

The key note speaker will be Dr Helen Beckett.  Dr Beckett is the Deputy Director, The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking at Bedfordshire University

Dr Beckett has  particular expertise in the fields of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and other forms of sexual violence in youth. She has   recently completed research into gang-associated sexual violence and exploitation and is currently  working on a review of CSE literature and a study of CSE victims’ experiences of the criminal justice system.

Dr Beckett will be addressing the conference on the differing models of CSE and the emerging models nationally and within North Wales. She will discuss the ethical means of disclosing sensitive issues and how to  facilitate the meaningful engagement and participation of children and young people

The North Wales Safeguarding Board is very excited to be welcome Dr Beckett back to North Wales. Dr Beckett addressed the CSE summit in North Wales in May which brought together the leaders and senior managers across the region. During the Conference, the North Wales CSE action plan will be launched by Jenny Williams, Strategic Director of Social Servies and Education Conwy County Borough Council and the Chair of North Wales Safeguarding Children’s Board. This action plan stems from the CSE Summit.

Sally Holland, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales will also be addressing the conference. North Wales Safeguarding Children’s Board is looking forward to hearing from  the Commissioner and her presentation will discuss the interface between CSE and mental health issues for children and young people.

The North Wales Safeguarding Children’s Board is grateful to Barnardos Cymru for their continued support and assistance and Barnardos Cymru will be addressing the conference in light of the current Barnardos research undertaken across North Wales during 2015.

2engage Performing Arts will close our conference this year with ‘Julia’s story’. This will be an interactive session which will follow Julia’s journey. How will it end . . . . come to our conference to find out!


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